Wellsville’s Taylor running on empty

COLUMBUS – Shartece Taylor’s track career at Wellsville High School was over in 13 seconds Friday.

Taylor, the Division III state runner-up in the 100-meter dash last year, finished last in the 16-runner field on the opening day of the state track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial.

“I feel disappointed in myself,” she said. “It is what it is.”

Her time of 13.00 seconds was eighth in her heat and 16th overall.

Defending state champion Katie Mokros of Canton Central Catholic was second fastest in the 100 dash (12.47) and fourth fastest in the 200 dash (26.04).

The top two in each heat and the next five fastest times advance to today’s state finals.

A slow start did Taylor in, who wasn’t able to recover.

“It killed me,” she said. “Health-wise, I feel terrible. My leg hurt more for some reason.”

Taylor has been running with a hip injury all season and will return to Columbus on Monday for surgery. She had more wrap on it Friday than before.

“It hurts every day,” she said. “I feel I wouldn’t have run at all this year if I had (the surgery earlier).”

Taylor embraces the experience she had last year when she stood high on the podium, something most athletes don’t do at all.

“That feels good,” she said. “I know it was last year. I’m happy to be running back here.”

Taylor will further her education at Bethany College. She plans on rehabbing her hip next season and may join the track team as a sophomore.

She also will major in nursing. She knows something about that after nursing her hip all season.

“I’m excited about it,” Taylor said.